Thirty-two vollyball teams took to the mud to raise about $7,200 in the annual Youth With Vision Mud Mania volleyball competition at Smithville Lake.
Winning teams were: Smithville Big Digs, gold; Mud Light, silver; and Da Parkers, bronze.
“The money actually goes to Youth With Vision and it benefits all their prevention efforts,” said Sherri Miller, Tri-County Mental Health Youth Prevention Specialist.
The money helps fund substance abuse prevention and educational programs in Northland schools, programs for retailers and legislative efforts.
Youth With Vision invites interested youth from eighth grade through high school to apply for membership. Applications are available online at youthwithvisionkc.org.
For information contact Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-965-1018.
Museum Trivia Night
The Clay County Museum and Historical Society will host its annual Trivia Night July 27 at Belvoir Winery in Liberty.
The event will include teams competing for a $100 prize, door prizes, free refreshments and a cash bar.
Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Teams and individuals can register in advance at the Clay County Historical Museum, 14 N. Main St., Liberty; by emailing email@example.com or call 816-792-2854. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m.
Belvoir Winery is at 1325 Odd Fellows Road, Liberty.
Christmas at Nearly New Shop
The Nearly New Shop is hosting Christmas in July sale to benefit Northland charities.
The non-profit thrift store distributes grants each year to several non-profits and provides useful items to other charities.
During Christmas in July, all Christmas related items will 70 percent off July 9-10, and 50 percent off July 11-15.
The shop is at 4710 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North.
For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-453-3063.
NKC leader wins award
Paul Harrell, of North Kansas City School District, has been given the Pinnacle of Achievement Award by the Association of School Business Officials International.
The award recognized Harrell’s role in the creation of the Northland Innovation Campus, which opened in 2016. The campus is the result of a partnership between the school district, the city of Gladstone and Northwest Missouri State University.
Harrell is deputy superintendent of operations and finance for North Kansas City Schools.
The Northland Innovation Campus houses the district’s gifted education program where students can pursue interests in STEAM subjects —science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics — as well as animation, robotics, 3-D printing and broadcasting.
Community Cats Podcast has given a $1,000 matching grant to the Northland Animal Welfare Society for spay and neuter services for feral or free-roaming cat colonies.
“The most humane way to manage a colony from continuing to reproduce is to trap, spay/neuter, then return to the colony,” said Goldie Arnold, President of NAWS. “Presently NAWS has over 40 area colony managers who use our clinic services and are providing a humane and safe environment for area cats.”
NAWS received the award after successfully raising $1,400 through a two-month donation jar campaign at area businesses. Those donations were matched up to $1,000 by Community Cats Podcast, based in Massachusetts, for the free-roaming cat project.
NAWS also offers spay/neuter discounts to low-income residents, senior citizens and veterans with pets.
The surgery fees for Gladstone residents will be covered by a donation made possible from the Harry C. Arnote Charitable Foundation. Pet owners will be responsible for vaccinations.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-336-1888.
The NAWS Clinic is at 6972 N. Broadway Ave., Gladstone.
Children’s drawing contest
Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to participate in the 13th annual Northland Children’s Drawing Contest.
This year’s theme is “A Place I would Like to Visit Someday.” The contest is sponsored by the North Kansas City Kiwanis Club and the North Kansas City Public Library, which invites all children in the Northland to participate.
First-place winners in each age category will receive a $25 gift card from The Country Club Bank in North Kansas City. Winning entries will be matted and framed and displayed at the library with all other contest entries. Judging will be done by the Northland Art League.
Children must use the entry forms available from the library or at www.nkcpl.org for their drawings. Entries must be dropped off by July 31 at the North Kansas City Public Library, 2251 Howell St., North Kansas City.
Norma King, Special to The Star